Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tricia Boruta
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

Parking/Directions

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Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Notes: M-F 9:30am-8:30pm, Sat 9:30-3:30 ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 113530OpenSports - Basketball16 and upCoed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 98867OpenSports - Basketball35 and upMale2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 98866OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 113531OpenSports - Basketball16 and upCoed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 98983InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 98984InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Chair Exercise at Taylor-Lauridsen 99241InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 113869InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 23:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 99607InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey League at Taylor-Lauridsen 99640Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/23 00:30From January 22, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$35.00
Fun and Games at Taylor-Lauridsen 99689InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Knitting Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 100116OpenCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 18 but less than 65Coed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Taylor-Lauridsen 113529InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$15.00
Play School at Taylor-Lauridsen 101039InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Taylor-Lauridsen 101121InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9Female2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 101367OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 1:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 101368OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 113870InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 101545InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Teen Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 101702OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Taylor-Lauridsen 101122InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/01/05 22:45From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$5.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 102167InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 102168InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/01/06 22:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$0
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 102185Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$350.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 113871InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$10.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 113872InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 01:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$10.00

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Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.